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Dan Evans reacts to booking spot in first Masters 1000 semi-finals vs Stefanos Tsitsipas


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Dan Evans produced another major upset on clay, beating 11th seed David Goffin, to book his spot in a first Masters 1000 semi-final in Monte Carlo.

Evans, the British No. 1, defeated the Belgian 5-7 6-3 6-4 to set up a meeting with world No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas in Saturday’s semi-finals.

It’s been a remarkabe week for Evans – who defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the last-16 – on what is traditionally his weakest surface.

Prior to this event, he had only won four tour-level clay-court matches – he’s equalled that total this week. He also only had four Masters 1000-level victories, which has now been doubled.

‘It probably wasn’t my best display of my game, I thought I got dragged into his a bit far back,’ Evans told Amazon Prime after the match.

‘I know Tim [Henman] is in there [the studio] now, he’s probably telling everyone in the studio I should be serve-volleying.

Goffin went down to Evans (Picture: AFP via Getty)

‘I knew I was getting far back. It was good to come through in the end.

‘I feel I’ve served pretty well. I’ve found it hard to serve on the clay to get free points but I’m setting points up pretty well with it so think my serve has been pretty good this week.’

There are no issues, he feels, physically, but Evans knows he will have to be sharper against the Greek fourth seed, who has pumped him in their previous two meetings.

‘Yeah, I find the clay a bit easier on the body, not as sore the day after,’ he added.

‘Mentally, you’ve got to go back again. I thought I was wavering a bit in the first set again today. You’ve got to keep going all the way through.

‘I think I did a good job in the third to keep going point after point and hang in some games. I was probably a little lucky to come through.

‘He [Tsitsipas] has handed it to me the last two times we’ve played. Change some things, maybe a bit more aggressive, that’s the only way I can play.

‘If I get dragged behind like today – with all due respect to David, he’ll come in more and knock the volleys off a bit better. I need to be the one doing that.’

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